Hi there. I’m hoping someone could spare some advice for a new player.
I’ve been really into exploration, mostly in WHs. So far it’s been going well, and I’ve been following all the advice I’ve read about in other forums, such as:
- Constant dscan and overview. Combat probes or PVP ship = gtfo
- Checking each system I explore in on zkillboard
- (If in null or low sec) Try to stay in empty systems; otherwise check the zkillboard of every person in local
- Using safe spots
- Drop off loot often
Following these tips has mitigated most of the risk from most of the dangerous situations. However, there is one situation in which I feel kind of helpless: getting ambushed in a WH at a site that a hunter has already scanned down beforehand.
I’m aware that there is a delay between decloak and locking/scram, so I assumed that the moment I see someone in overview while at a site I’ll likely escape if I immediately warp. But I just learned the hard way that stealth bombers don’t have this delay.
So my question is, is there any way to prevent this? Although I consider situations like these an occasional inevitability (I consider it more of a business expense), I’d like to know if I can mitigate this risk. Or is it even a common enough occurrence for me to worry about (only happened once so far)?
The idea I had in mind was to use ECM drones, though I’ve never used them so I don’t know how they work, or how effective they would be. My idea is that as soon as I see someone in my overview I’d just drop the drones and try to warp off.
The ship I use is a Heron, fitted for scanning/hacking, with an Inertial Stabilizer and Nanofiber in my low slots. I figured warp stabs wouldn’t be helpful in this situation as such hunters would almost certainly be fitted to counter that.
Thanks for reading!